Cayo Cruz is a small island of the eastern part of the "Jardines del Rey" (King's Gardens) archipelago located off the northern coast of Cuba (Atlantic side), in the province of Camaguey. This archipelago contains a few other islands best known for tourism, such as: Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo Las Brujas.
Cayo Cruz is about 32 sq.km (12.3 sq.mi), roughly the same size as Cayo Largo, (another popular resort island south of Cuba), It’s connected to the west with its neighbor, Cayo Romano, by a new 40-km road (including 12-km in the sea); and it’s connected to the south with the main island of Cuba (near the village of Brasil).
The beaches of Cayo Cruz stretch mostly along the north-eastern coast of the cay, while the western coast is mainly covered with mangroves and swamps. There's also a long stretch of beach along its south-eastern coast, this one is most likely to remain virgin because this part of the cay seems rather narrow to build hotels.
The major tourism development of the “Jardines del Rey” include building 6 hotels, here are the temporary construction name of these new resorts:
• Hotel Quebrada 17 (550 rooms), scheduled to open in 2017
• Hotel Quebrada 21 (700 rooms), scheduled to open 2018-2020
• Hotel Punta Cocina Parcela 32 (895 rooms), scheduled to open 2018-2020
• Hotel Quebrada 24 (680 rooms), scheduled to open 2018-2020
• Hotel Punta Cocina Parcela 30 (1,145 rooms), scheduled to open 2018-2020
• Hotel ???, we don’t know yet the construction name of the sixth hotel
The construction has already started but we don’t know yet which hotel chains are going to manage them, nor their stars rating or the services that will be offered at these resorts.
Several bridges, roads and short causeways are currently under construction (or reconstruction) to connect the island of Cayo Coco to Cayo Cruz, so the latter could be served by the Jardines del Rey Airport located on Cayo Coco. A cement factory and service buildings have been built on Cayo Romano (the neighbor island), and freshwater pipes are being installed to supply Cayo Cruz from the village of Brasil.
To learn more about this destination, visit our www.cayocruz.net website, online since 2009. You’ll find in it everything you need to know to better prepare your trip to Cayo Cruz. However, you must be patient! The first hotel is scheduled to open its door in 2017. We will be there for sure!
Lily & Normand